Moving to a new city can be both very exciting and extremely stressful, especially if you’re moving somewhere you’ve never visited before. Whether you’re moving for work opportunities, to study or for love, it’s an emotional time in your life. Being organised will make moving as easy as possible, as well as taking into consideration a few simple tips. Here are my top 4 tips for moving to a new city to get you feeling excited about your upcoming adventure:
1. Outsource What You Can
If you’re moving for work, then there’s a pretty good chance your company might offer you a moving package to help with the cost and stress of uprooting your life. If this is an option for you, I suggest taking advantage of it. You can look into both freight forwarding options such as the ones offered by this website as well as complete moving services such as MyBekins.com. There’s pros and cons to both types, but overall the provide a huge help in the stress and logistics of moving your things to a new city, or new country. If your moving by yourself without the assistance of a company, you may still find it worthwhile to outsource this aspect of moving, as it can be a huge additional stress to try to figure out the logistics yourself.
2. Clear Out Your Closet
Now is the time to cleanse yourself of things you barely use, especially clothes that no longer fit and junk that you’ve collected. As to what things you’ll be able to clear out, that totally depends on your lifestyle and what you now deem unnecessary, but I would suggest starting at least a month before your move to go through everything. You can give things away, make donations at Good Will stores, or sell things online. Don’t leave this until the last minute as you’ll be surprised by how much time it can take.
3. Get Social
Moving to a new place can be hard enough but one of the things that is scary is the social aspect. If you know anyone in the city you’re moving to, reach out to them to meet up. Don’t be shy about telling them you’re looking to meet new people and if they have any connections in mind to make an introduction. If you don’t know anyone, then you’re going to have to make a little extra effort with colleagues, classmates and activities. Doing things that you love, such as joining a gym, hiking, starting a cooking class etc are all excellent ways to meet like minded people.
4. Know It’ll Be Hard for a While
I think many people get caught up in the romance of moving somewhere new, they don’t think about all the things they’re going to miss from home. I think it’s a good idea to remind yourself that you’re likely going to miss a few things from home and that you might even have a few weeks or months where you’re homesick. Making a good effort to keep in touch with friends from back home, whether via Skype or trips back, can help ease some of the homesickness.
Moving is one of life’s biggest events, but using these tips I’m sure your move will go as smoothly as possible!